This is a baffling story that includes a Napa history lesson, an idea of how the Valley has grown and then a jaunt into intrigue, sting operations, and what appears to be an effort to kill the goose that laid the golden egg by the Napa County government. It seems that the County is going after small wineries in an attempt to bankrupt them out of business.
Friend of the pod, Stu Smith of Smith-Madrone joins to discuss and explain the situation — at least the parts that have an explanation!
If you want background on Smith-Madrone, check out Ep 253: Stu Smith of Smith-Madrone Vineyards Talks About 48 Years in Napa Valley
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